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Oh My Gourd: Pumpkin Facts You Need to Know

By Sara Butler

Pumpkin season is here -- rejoice! Pumpkins may make great decorations for your porch and a great filling for pies, but there are many other important things to understand about pumpkins. They are a very nutritious vegetable, full of vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy. Here are a few of the ways that pumpkins can contribute to a healthier you.

Possible Pumpkin Perks

There are many potential benefits to your health by including pumpkin in your diet. It’s a great source of beta-carotene, the antioxidant your body uses to protect itself from certain diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

Studies have found that eating plant-based foods such as pumpkin can help you live longer and reduce your chances of obesity. So, if you’re looking to achieve and maintain a healthier weight, then a little pumpkin won’t hurt!

A few other important pumpkin perks include:

  • Help regulate blood pressure – Pumpkin is great for your heart because of the high amounts of Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber found in them. The potassium is especially good to help control high blood pressure if you combine it with a low-salt diet.
  • Help reduce the risk of cancer – A diet rich in beta-carotene has been found to help reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men.
  • Help to combat diabetes – Pumpkin can be your secret weapon in the fight against diabetes since the plant compounds found within help your body to absorb glucose.

It’s Full of Fiber

One of the most impressive things about pumpkin is the amount of fiber contained in it. Americans consistently don’t eat enough fiber. In fact, many people consume as little as 15 grams of fiber per day when they should be having between 25 and 30 grams.

One can of pumpkin has about 7 grams of fiber which can go a long way in helping you to make sure you’re getting enough to keep you healthy.

How to Eat More

There are a variety of ways in which you can get more pumpkin in your life -- and your name doesn’t need to be Cinderella. When you’re at the store, look for the small, sweet pie pumpkins to eat. You can bake this pumpkin and then scoop out the insides to make your own pumpkin puree. You can then use it in place of butter or oil in a baking recipe or combine it with Greek yogurt and a little honey for a tasty treat.

Pumpkin season is a time of the year to get excited about! So, reap the harvest in all of its delicious ways.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Snellville, Ga.

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